The twilight of the summer transfer window is truly upon us. Thankfully, that's when the white-hot light of the rumour and gossip mill burns brightest. It's Transfer Talk...
Torres deal to be done at last?
What seem likely to be Fernando Torres' final days at Chelsea have passed rather agonisingly, with there being little secret that the club are desperate to move him on. They may get their wish soon: The Telegraph says that discussions are well afoot with Torres' representatives about how to...
Thursday's Champions League draw in Monaco saw Chelsea placed in Group G where they will face Schalke 04, Sporting Clube de Portugal and NK Maribor. The Blues have failed to progress from the group stages of the competition on only one occasion, the season following their final triumph over Bayern Munich in 2012. Despite being matched with fairly modest opposition, manager Jose Mourinho will be taking nothing for granted as he plots qualification to the knockout stages.
Champions League group stage
A: Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Olympiakos, Malmo
B: Real Madrid, Basel, Liverpool, Ludogorets
C: Benfica, Zenit, Leverkusen, Monaco
D: Arsenal, Dortmund, Galatasaray, Anderlecht
E: Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, Man City, Roma
F: Barcelona, PSG, Ajax, APOEL
G: Chelsea, Schalke, Sporting, Maribor
H: Porto, Shakhtar, Athletic Bilbao, BATE
Bundesliga side Sc...
The Champions League draw has been finalised. Here's a preview for Group G:
2. Sporting CP
Chelsea (Soccer Power Index (SPI) chance to advance: 91.0 percent)
A hugely significant summer of transfer business from Jose Mourinho's team, and now an eminently forgivable group. It would be a huge shock if Chelsea did not finish top, with ease.
Sporting CP (SPI: 30.1 percent)
They ousted Porto from second place in the league last season, an...